Professor Akira Kato discusses what he perceives to be a disconnect in the Japan-US alliance and which he identifies as stemming from three differences between Japan and US, namely disagreements about values, world view and history.
Professor Akira Kato is a visiting scholar at the East-West Center in Washington and Professor of International Politics at Obirin University in Tokyo. Previously, he was a researcher at the National Institute for Defense Studies, the policy arm of Japan's Ministry of Defense. He has written numerous articles and books on security issues and recently conducted field research on armed conflict areas in Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan.
Dr. Andrew Oros is director of the International Studies department of Washington College. A specialist on the international and comparative politics of East Asia and the advanced industrial democracies, he is author of Normalizing Japan: Politics, Identity, and the Evolution of Security Practice (Stanford University Press, 2008), co-author of Global Security Watch: Japan (Praeger Press, 2010), among other publications.
Recorded at the East-West Center office in Washington, D.C., September 13, 2013